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Materials Scientist, Polymers

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The Opportunity
-This position requires an advanced understanding of polymeric science.-
As a Polymer Scientist/Engineer, you will be responsible for evolving the scientific understanding behind Sunfolding's unique polymer-based actuation system. You will collaborate with the Reliability team, Engineering teams, and Product Development team to ensure polymer performance and recommend improvements based on material analysis and data. You will also provide guidance on material testing and standards to the organization.

Ideal candidate will demonstrate some or all of the following

  • Creativity in problem solving
  • Collaboration and ability to work in a team environment
  • A high level of organizational skills
  • Written and oral communication skills to convey information to technical and non-technical colleagues and external audiences
  • Understanding of polymer properties, test methods, characterization and metrology
  • Experience with and an understanding of thermoplastics is required
  • A strong theoretical and practical knowledge of thermoplastics and associated characterization techniques
  • Experience with sampling techniques and statistical data analysis for FTIR, DSC, SIMS, TGA, GPC, DMA, Fractography, Chromatography and Microscopy (optical and electron based techniques)
  • Knowledge of statistical data analysis
  • Experience with DFMEA and DVP&R processes & methods

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • Develop materials analysis & testing plan based on polymer applications
  • Conduct inspections, scientific analysis, and testing with acceptance criteria to address the specification and reliability of all polymer based components
  • Lead root cause analysis
  • Present technical conclusions to cross-functional teams
  • Design and perform experiments to support engineering optimization of new designs
  • Work with external test labs and resources required for verification and validation of products
  • Direct the work of testing technicians in daily tasks

Education & Experience

  • MS or Ph.D. in Polymer Science, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or a related field
  • 2+ years of experience working with industrial polymers
Sunfolding's commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive environment is foundational to our Mission. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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Salary Range
$80,000.00 - 125,000.00
per Year
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Alameda, CA 94501, US